Which languages are spoken in your neighbourhood?
A comment on a previous post got me thinking about which languages are spoken in Brighton, my current home. Ziad Fazah, the incredible polyglot, apparently learnt most of his 58 languages using materials available in the public libraries of his hometown in Lebannon, and by talking with foreign residents and visitors, particularly visiting sailors.
Using similar methods, I estimate that I could learn at least 50 languages in Brighton, which is home to and visited by people from all over the world.
According to the local council, the main community languages (other than English) used in Brighton are Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, French, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.
Other languages spoken by Brighton residents include Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Thai, Tibetan, Urdu, Welsh, and I’m sure there are many more, especially if you include all the languages spoken by people who come to Brighton as tourists, students or business travellers.
My local library has language courses and other language learning materials for 49 languages, and literature in 12 of those languages.